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tonight a stunning twist in the battering case against donald trump's campaign manager. the charges are dropped. new video that was key to the decision. plus clinton and sanders bracing for battle in brooklyn. a new alert about exploding air bags linked to another death. a teenage girl killed, and word tonight they could now be in one out of every three slashing student loans. the new way people are saving big money, reducing their debt by thousands. wild escape. a chimp makes a break for it from the zoo, swinging from power lines. authorities scrambling, all of it caught on camera. and a history lesson come to life. we're with the man behind it. why thousands are getting the hottest tickets in town for just ten bucks. "nightly news"
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. for donald trump it was a bit of an i told you so moment when a prosecutor declined to charge the campaign manager with roughing up a reporter at an event last month. it's welcome news for a campaign counting on a big and important win in the state of new york next week, as it searches for a way for trump to cross the finish line before the summer's republican convention with enough delegates to secure the nomination. nbc's katy tur is covering the trump campaign. >> reporter: new video released by the florida state attorney's office has the trump team feeling vindicated. authorities say this video shows michelle fields defying a secret service order to stay back at a trump press conference last month. >> she's moving. she's now making her way back over. now she's going in. this is when she goes
[000:01:58;00] area she's not allowed to be in basically. >> reporter: prosecutors arguing campaign manager cory lewin dow ski was justified in his actions to protect the candidate, and citing the video in its decision not to prosecute the top aide for grabbing the reporter. seen turning himself in to jupiter police, initially claimed he never touched or met fields and called her delusional. today the campaign releasing a statement saying the matter is now concluded. trump riding high, set for a record-breaking win in new york. despite his rival's best efforts. both sitting down with msnbc tonight. >> you guys have been suffering under the misguided policies of liberal democratic politicians a long, long time. >> reporter: now his team is courting members of congress, and gearing up for a tough delegate battle
after the campaign predicted an easy win at the convention with [000:02:59;00] much more than the magic number of 1,237. >> we went state by state. and the math added up to 1,265. and i'm comfortable, again, it's not guaranteed, we're going to know a lot more tuesday. >> does he make it on the first ballot and second ballot? they should certainly hand it to him. >> reporter: tonight john kasich, ted cruz and trump together in the big apple, trying to woo this state's establishment at its annual republican gala. they laughed off the incident with reporters today saying the aide hasn't been quite as effective lately. meanwhile here in manhattan, protesters are already starting to gather outside of the gala as the republican race for the white house sets its sights on new york. lester? >> katy tur tonight, thank you. a big doubleheader at town hall events tonight on msnbc.
in the democratic battle, hillary clinton and bernie sanders are colliding in their final debate showwn primary. tonight a new wnbc "wall street journal" maris poll shows clinton up to a 17-point lead in the empire state. as nbc's andrea mitchell tells us, with the stakes so high, this could be the most explosive night of the campaign. >> reporter: tonight's debate, perhaps bernie sanders' last chance to shake up the race. >> this is going to be a tough primary for us. >> reporter: despite that record-breaking crowd in new york, beating clinton is a steep challenge. expect a new line of attack tonight, accusing clinton of hypocrisy, walking the line with striking verizon workers here, but taking a whopping $225,000 from verizon for a speech three years ago. >> secretary clinton has given a number of speeches behind closed doors on wall street. >> reporter: expect sanders to hit clinton on wall street and
trade. sanders will also be on defense over what a speaker said befor sanders arrived, using past language to attack clinton's ties to big business. >> secretary clinton said medicare for all will never happen. medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate democratic cores. >> reporter: he's married to clinton supporter lisa ling, whom bill clinton rescued from north korea in 2009. he denied he was referring to hillary clinton, but sanders tweeted the comments were inappropriate and insensitive. clinton is sure to bring it up tonight. >> strategy, personal attacks here in new york has failed. >> reporter: signaling she will also slam him on guns and foreign policy. >> we also have to be sure that the next president who will also be the commander in chief keeps our country safe. >> reporter: the rivals shadow boxing for days. clinton at the apollo theater, sanders follows, he marches
with those verizon strikers, hours later so does she. but she can't match his ds >> we are happy now that he has set the framework of debate. but we are starting a political revolution. >> reporter: but to win that revolution, they need to win new york. some are wondering why sanders is leaving at midnight tonight after the debate for rome at a vatican conference. even though he has not been promised yet what he wants, which is an audience with the pope. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. troubling new developments in a major investigation into exploding air bags now linked to at least 11 deaths. a teenage girl the latest victim. the government the government initially required takata corporation to replace 28 million potentially defective and dangerous air bags, but today the feds reported the true number could be far greater. we're talking a staggering 85 millionaire bags. nbc's tom costello
reports, that would mean roughly one out of every three cars on the road could be affected. >> reporter: at car [000:06:59;00] push to replace tens of millions of potentially dangerous air bags. exploding air bag inflaters can fire shrapnel into the front seat of a car. today, the nation's top safety regulator was on capitol hill. >> that's the difficulty of this situation. a piece of safety equipment is putting people at risk. >> reporter: the most recent air bag death, a 17-year-old who was driving on a texas highway last month when she hit the car in front of her. her air bag exploded on impact. >> when this fragment punctured and severed her jugular and carotid artery, she was dead in a matter of seconds. >> reporter: honda insists they mailed the family multiple recall notices, but the records indicate the repairs were never completed. the family not the original buyers insist they never received the notices. takata says it has no comment.
roughly 75% of recall notices do lead to repairs, that means millions of vehicles go unrepaired. >> it's a scary proposition. that means one in five vehicles has an that could manifest itself at any point in time. >> reporter: while federal law requires dealers ensure new cars with recalls are fixed before they're sold, there's no similar law requiring used cars are fixed before they're sold. how do you know if your car is on a recall list? find your vehicle identification number on the lower left side of the dashboard, or on the doorjamb. then enter the vin at a safer car.gov to find any outstanding recalls. simple steps to keep you and others on the road safe. tom costello, nbc news, arlington, virginia. turning overseas now, russia's military is brushing off american complaints about a tense close encounter on the high seas this week when russian fighter jets repeatedly buzzed the u.s. warship. vladimir putin had tough talk of his own
today for the u.s. when he took public questions for his annual call-in show. we get more on all that from nbc's kelly cobilla. >> reporter: tonight russia responding after that dramatic confrontation at sea. a pair of unarmed russian jets buzzing the uss donald cook flying within 30 feet. the russian defense ministry said they were just training flights and blasted the, quote, painful reaction from the u.s. the ship's commander firing back. >> it is not about fear, but it's about safe and professional behavior. >> reporter: president putin didn't talk specifics on his annual call-in show today, but said the u.s. must respect russia. during the four-hour q&a, questions from factory workers, a kids' hockey team, and this question written by a 12-year-old girl. if turkey and ukraine's presidents were both drowning, who would you save first?
if someone decides to drown, he said, it's impossible to save him. putin calling president obama strong for admitting the mistakes in libya, and talking 2016, too. not picking a favorite, but the man who's been president for 12 of the last 16 years saying, if it's clinton, where's the change? when asked, will you run again? he answered, too early to say. for now, clearly focused on showing his people and the rest of the world a russia that won't back down. nbc news, london. a search for a motive as a police officer is shot multiple times in the back after a traffic stop. suddenly opening fire. he's expected to survive. and there are many questions swirling tonight about why he may have been targeted. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in houston. >> reporter: tonight investigators are trying to pinpoint whether a gunman specifically targeted a harris county deputy constable, and why.
police now questioning a person of interest. >> he was ambushed after the traffic stop had ended. >> reporter: just before midnight, deputy alden had traffic stop and was leaning into the passenger window of her car. police say that's when a man sneaked up behind him, opened fire, then bolted. investigators say the gunman fired six shots. both officers were in uniform and in marked vehicles, suggesting the gunman may have targeted them. although the exact motive is unclear. clopton's an 11-year veteran of the force, married with six children. after hours of surgery, he's now awake, but in critical condition. >> he has acknowledged that he knows who we are. he has acknowledged that he understands us, he can hear us, and he can respond to us nonverbally. >> reporter: this latest ambush comes as deadly gun violence against police have spiked around the country. in 2016, there have been at least 17
officers shot and killed in the line of duty, more than double this time last year. >> this should wake up all americans. there's been a lot of criticism and anti-cop this country over the last couple of years. >> reporter: this community now praying for one officer's recovery. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, houston. there's more ahead as we continue tonight. slashing student loans. a new way you could find better rates and potentially save thousands. also, inside the broad way smash "hamilton" with its creator and star. the hottest tickets in town. why they're practically giving some away for the price of a song. in your mutual fund. we invested in your fund to help us pay for a college education for our son. we've enclosed a picture of our son so that you can get a sense there are real people out here trusting you with their hard-earned money. ♪
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went on for two hours. we get the tale of the tape from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: the high-wire drama was carried live on japanese tv. named cha-cha fled a zoo in northern japan and showed no interest in going back. the 24-year-old male perched above and swinging across electrical lines, reporters calling the play-by-play live for nearly two hours. he just got hit, one yelled, after a tranquilizer stunned the ape. the chimp is yelling, he's so angry, a zoo worker warned, it's dangerous, go away, don't be here. then the sedative starts to sink in. he's falling, he's trying to grab the cable, he's about to go down, they say, and then the spin off the wires into the ground. caught with a safety net, the ape is dazed, but isn't hurt. a happy ending for the zoo, but not for
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lesson for the "hamilton" cast right before the matinee. >> what is the government's task? give us liberty or give us death. >> these public school students a new york city's low-income areas, getting a shot at seeing the hottest ticket on broadway for just a hamilton. ♪ what did i miss ♪ what did i miss ♪ virginia my home sweet home i'm going to give you a kiss ♪ >> with the help of a $1.5 million grant from the rockefeller foundation, a special curriculum was created for these high school juniors with a focus on america's forefathers, including alexander hamilton. >> he started off as an immigrant. which we can relate to. >> it doesn't matter where you come from, it matters where you go. >> i think that's the essence of the american dream. >> the show's creator and star also attended new york city public schools. in 2008 he picked up a biography about an orphan from the
caribbean, who would become one of america's youngest founding fathers. the story hit home. >> i related enormously to that. i saw my father do speaking no english. >> the rest, as they say, is history. the last thing i would think anyone would do a hip-hop version of the alexander hamilton story. >> that's the part that everybody laughs about. until they hear the story. >> hamilton tickets are hard to get and expensive. but miranda was determined to make the show more accessible. >> we were not a family who could afford to go see broadway shows all the time. i fell in love the same way kids are falling in love with hamilton now, which was listening to albums over and over and imagining my own version in my own mind. >> were you thinking, how do we make this more accessible? it's a real history lesson in there. >> from the second we opened, the conversation went from, okay, we have a show, and it's time to, how do we provide access to the kids who are going to be learning about this stuff.
♪ i want to be where it happens ♪ >> from the opening number, hamilton struck a chord. >> this is one of the greatest performances >> for the story, and its diverse cast. >> i relate to it. like they look like me and my family. >> even miranda acknowledges hamilton only skims the surface of a complicated story. the hope is that for these kids, it inspires deeper learning, and that a tale of america's past can be an investment in its future. >> it was one of the most amazing things i've ever experienced. it shows history through the art. it's just beautiful. i cannot put it into words. >> i think she put it in perfect words. see much more behind the scenes on the new sunday "today" show